I mean it’s bad enough dealing with them now when the world is functioning normally but what about AFTER a TEOTWAWKI event???
Trust me, whether it be a disease pandemic or a nuclear blast, rats will survive and if they are unchecked then their numbers can swell dramatically in a matter of weeks (one pair of rats can produce as much as 880 offspring a year!!!)
For example, during Word War 1 rats became a massive problem in the trenches.
The rats actually gorged themselves on human remains, and grew to massive sizes: some reported rats as big as domestic cats.
The rats would also sometimes eat the fresh rations of the soldiers, and nibble at the soldiers themselves as they slept or if they were wounded.
The rodents would attack a corpse’s eyes, and then burrow themselves into the bodies. They were a terrible problem and because they breed so fast the trenches were soon crawling with millions of them!!!
Not a pretty thought!!!
Imagine walking out your back door in the morning to find a shitload of rats rocking on up your garden path!!!
Two words guys, LOCK and LOAD!!
So this brings me back to my main point, after a major SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, what plans do you have in place to keep rats and mouse numbers down???
Having a good stock of traps is a must and if you are starting to get overrun then there is this method:
Mix equal parts of flour and cement
Put into shallow dish for rats to eat
Don’t forget to leave them a dish of water
This mixture should turn to cement in their stomachs and kill them.
I personally have a good collection of big ass, wire spring rat and mouse traps that should be able to deal with most of the furry little fellas around my place.
But then again, if I ever come across a rat like this one:
then I might skip the traps and grab the .22(or the 12 gauge!!)!!!
I first read the SAS Survival Handbook back when I was 12 (my mother had a copy which she gave to me) and I’ve used it as one of my main survival reference guides ever since.
I recently purchased the new and updated edition and I thought I’d write up a review for the blog.
John Wiseman is a former SAS survival instructor who served for the regiment for 26 years so you can certainly rest assured that you are receiving the best available information.
He is widely respected in the survival world and is one of the grand-daddys of survival!
The techniques he describes in this book are simple, functional, practical and extremely clever.
The information contained in this book is aimed at surviving in the some most extreme conditions.
The range of topics he covers is mine blowing and practically all possible survival scenarios are covered.
Yeah, it is unlikely that any of us with be faced with some of the scenarios in the book but you know, it can be handy to know not to eat a polar bear’s liver because the amount of vitamin A contained inside it makes it toxic.
How can that be handy?? Trust me, if you get your ass stranded at the North Pole you’ll be glad to know that type of stuff!!!
Some of the other key information includes:
- Beautiful, accurate pictures of edible and poisonous plants
- How-to advice on setting up temporary camps and shelter building
- Basic first aid and medical care
- How to survive a nuclear attack, war conditions, fire/ice/extreme weather conditions
- A virtually complete instruction on how to set up different traps to catch your food,
To put it simply, there is an amazing amount of information in this book. So much so that it is simply too numerous to list in full.
All in all, the SAS Survival Handbook is one of the most easy to read yet comprehensive survival guides available and it is packed with so much info that it will it certainly help you prepare for any survival situation you may face.
I bought a few spare .50 and .30 cal ammo tins from my local Army Surplus store a while back and I’ve been using them to store heaps of crap in.
I think they make excellent little storage containers because as long as the seals are good, they are pretty much dust-proof and water-proof!
Plus they’re usually pretty sturdy and are good for storing lots of different “stuff”.
Here are some different uses for ammo tins.
1.) Garden seeds (as you can see from the photo above ammo tins and great for this and the seeds are kept nice and dry thanks to those waterproof seals!)
2.) Sandwiches and drinks (a heavy duty survivalist lunchbox, ideal for all us bad asses out there )
3.) Flares (keeps them nice and safe)
4.) First Aid Supplies (what else can I say, they’re great for safely storing all sorts of medical supplies)
5.) Electronics (you can use an ammo tin as a makeshift Faraday cage to protect your electrical gear from EMP!)
So what have you used your ammo tins for other than ammo?
Alot of the scenarios that would require you to Bug Out involve airborne particulates such as dust, smoke, etc.
Without some way to protect your respiratory system, you aren’t likely to get very far and even if you do make it out, you’ll be recovering for days from after effects of all that dust and other crap on your lungs.
And in a SHTF enviroment a hacking cough is not conducive to trying to be quiet and remain hidden!
Just buying a simple dust mask for each member of your family can help you avoid all that drama!
The major benefits of dust masks are:
. They weight nothing
. They nest in each other
. They are very cheap and the M95 standard will handle most dust and other normal airborne particulates.
The simple fact is, chucking some dust masks in your Bug Out Bag is cheap insurance for when TSHTF.
Been a bit busy today so I haven’t had the time to knock out a decent post.
I’m going to be writing up a good one tomorrow but in the mean time here’s a vid from SouthernPrepper1 regarding improvised protection from radiation after a nuclear accident or attack.
Aside from the fact that they look really cool on a dark night, having some glowsticks as a source of light in your bug-out bag is a dam good move.
Obviously you should also have a flash-light and a lighter as primary light sources, but a glow stick does offer a few advantages.
. It’s a light source that doesn’t need batteries
. It can function in any kind of weather and is waterproof
. It’s fairly light-weight, and it’s very reliable once activated
. If you find yourself in flammable conditions which sometimes follow immediately after large scale natural disasters like a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake (broken gas mains being the No.1 problem), there’s no risk of blowing ass sky high if you use a glow stick because it has no running electrical current so therefore no spark.
. Each one can only be used once, so get a big pack of them and use wisely
. While a glow-stick can create a decent amount of light, it can’t focus light or project to distances like a flashlight can (that’s why you should never rely on glowsticks as a primary light source)
I’m a bit to busy to write a post today guys so here’s a video regarding raising chicken post-collapse for you to enjoy.
It’s made by SouthernPrepper1.
Check out his Youtube Channel, it’s full of some pretty great survival info.